Sunday, February 27, 2011

Seven Virtues Serves GF Sandwiches

Walk to the corner of NE 60th and Glisan and you'll see something that catches your eye: a sign out front of Seven Virtues lets passers-by know that they now serve gluten-free sandwiches.  Upon further investigation, it turn out that they can serve their grilled sandwiches on New Cascadia Traditional flax bread.  I was pretty excited about this turn of events so I had to sample a sandwich right away.  I got the North Tabor which has turkey, pesto and cheese.

But first, I asked a few questions.  The man taking my order that day was one of the owners, and he was very helpful.  I asked if they grill the GF sandwiches on a dedicated grill, and he replied that they don't have demand or space for a dedicated grill right now, but they can give the grill a thorough cleaning before they make the gluten-free sandwiches.  They also use a separate cutting board and knife for prepping the GF stuff.  He told me that the sandwich would take a little longer than regular, because the GF bread takes longer to grill.

This ended up being true, but I was still very pleased with my sandwich once it arrived.  Another thing that pleased me is that Seven Virtues is also selling a wider selection of gluten-free pastries now, including several things from Petunia's Pies and Pastries, a new baking company which I previously reviewed here.  Almost all of the pastries that Petunia's makes are gluten-free and vegan.  Now my only complaint is that Seven Virtues now closes at five, which means I can't go there for a sandwich every day after work!

8 comments:

Rebecca said...

That's great that 7 Virtues is now serving sandwiches on gluten-free bread from New Cascadia. As for the dedicated grill, I wonder why they can't simply buy a panini grill to use for their GF sandwiches? It would cost them $50 or so and not take up too much space at all. Also, it would be easier for them because they wouldn't have to spend so much time cleaning. That's what I'd do!

l'actrice said...

Oh, it's great to find new places where they serve gluten free food. It's especially hard to find GF sandwiches and the understanding how important it is for us to separate GF food from the other food. Happy for you that you found this place:-)

Gina said...

Rebecca, I should have specified that they do all their sandwiches on a panini grill. They have two of them, but no room for more. I assume that they have enough demand for the regular kind during lunch hours that they can't dedicate one grill to be GF. Maybe someday!

Gina said...

L'actrice, it is exciting! I think that Seven Virtues has been serving some gluten-free pastries for a long time, so they have become aware of the issues surrounding GF food.

Lisa Clark-Petunia's Pastries said...

Hi Gina! I'm so happy you discovered Petunia's Pastries at Seven Virtues! We have been selling products very successfully here, and the owners are great! Just to clarify, EVERYTHING Petunia's makes is both gluten free AND vegan! :) Thanks so much for the mention!

Gina said...

Hey Lisa,

Thanks for clarifying! I know you used to sell a few items that were not GF. I'm glad to hear that everything you sell is now gluten-free! I'm glad you stopped by!

Anonymous said...

But is the bread corn-free also ? I have both issues - need gluten free and am allergic to corn....

Gina said...

The GF bread they use at Seven Virtues comes from New Cascadia Traditional. They pick up different kinds of bread from there, but it's all vegan and most of it, if not all of it, is corn-free.